RAYMOND, Maine���December�11,�2017���Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters,�last week�celebrated the�opening of its�new�33,000-square-foot manufacturing facility�in Lewiston, Maine, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tours for customers and partners.�The�new Lewiston facility, which will specifically�focus�on�UHF business and�repack orders,�gives Dielectric�two dedicated facilities for TV and FM radio antenna systems production.
The opening of the facility is the culmination of Dielectric�s three-year long preparation for repack business. To date, the company has delivered 1814 technical proposals for repack work, with 189 antennas officially on order. Dielectric has hired 55 new employees�so far�to support operations, overseen by Dielectric Manufacturing Managers�Mike Spugnardi�and John Mayhan.
�The Lewiston facility assures that Dielectric has�ample�capacity to accommodate�repack and�our global TV and FM Radio business,� said Keith Pelletier, vice president and general manager. �For repack business, we are�fully�prepared to work with broadcasters scheduled from Phase�0�through�Phase 10,�utilizing�the industry�s most advanced antenna design and�manufacturing�processes. Our�exceptional pre- and post-sales support�rounds�out our repack strategy, ensuring�successful deployments�across the United States.�
In addition to establishing�the new facility,�Dielectric has�negotiated�with key suppliers to secure timely delivery of the�large volumes of raw materials�required by the repack business for both facilities. This includes�hundreds of steel and aluminum poles,�thousands of feet of copper�to fill�transmission�line orders,�as�well�as Invar, Teflon and approximately�30,000 flanges for production of complete UHF antenna systems.�All antenna products will undergo extensive testing on the outdoor test pad to verify compliance with customer�requirements prior�to�shipping.
The Lewiston facility is located approximately 25 miles north of Dielectric�s company headquarters�in�Raymond, Maine. The Raymond�facility�will continue to handle�production of all VHF and FM radio antennas, as well as�filters and combiners.
Based in Raymond, Maine,�Dielectric LLC�is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair. Dielectric is a leading provider of innovative broadcast products. From remote stations to major markets, Dielectric has been delivering solutions for every need since 1942. Dielectric is an innovative, customer-centric organization with a long history of engineering excellence in designing and manufacturing high-quality broadcast solutions. The Company is a trusted partner of broadcasters worldwide. More information can be accessed at�www.dielectric.com